100 Year Anniversary of the American Red Cross WWI Army & Navy Relief Fund Drive in Seattle

by Amy McCray

1917 War Is Hell

In 1917, as the United States was sending troops to France to fight in World War I, President Woodrow Wilson called upon the American people to give generously in a spirit of patriotic sacrifice to support the nation in its war efforts.  He stated that, “by virtue of my authority as President of the United States and President of the Red Cross, I, Woodrow Wilson, do hereby proclaim the week ending June 25, 1917, as Red Cross Week.”  He created a War Council within the Red Cross, to meet the “extraordinary demands which the present war will make upon the services of the Red Cross both in the field and in civilian relief.”  Continue reading

Exercising the Red Cross sheltering muscle

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By: Betsy Robertson

Every nine minutes the American Red Cross is called to bring help and hope to people in need.  Most often that comes in the form of two volunteers providing immediate comfort and assistance to victims of a single family home fire. But what happens when multiple families are impacted and the need for an emergency community shelter arises? Continue reading

BP Executive Q&A: Why do you support the American Red Cross?

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Pam Brady, BP Government and Public Affairs

By: Annie Sorich

Our Northwest Washington chapter is gearing up for its 23rd Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser, to be held June 23 in Bellingham. The BP Cherry Point refinery, where I work as a Pricing Analyst, is the tournament’s presenting sponsor. It was actually through my work at BP that I became a Red Cross volunteer, when a local Red Cross representative visited the refinery during an open house to share the work they do in the Whatcom County community and beyond. The fact that BP supports fantastic organizations like the Red Cross and actively encourages its staff to get involved in our community has always made me proud to have them as my employer. I sat down with Pam Brady, who works in Government and Public Affairs at the BP Cherry Point Refinery, to find out more about BP’s motivation for supporting the Red Cross. Continue reading

Hearts, Hammers and Smoke Alarms

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By: Nancy Waddell

Photos by: Jen Blackwood

The first Saturday in May is a special day on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle WA. Hundreds of community volunteers with the non-profit organization Hearts & Hammers turn out to help residents in need fix up homes and yards.

For the third year in a row, local Red Cross volunteers joined the South Whidbey event to provide and install smoke alarms in these homes. For the first time, they worked with the Central Whidbey group this year as well. Continue reading

Edmonds Students help Red Cross “Save-a-Life”

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William Slaughter, Vyvy Mai and William Ebanks

By: Nashika Stanbro
Edited by: Nancy Waddell

On April 14, the American Red Cross joined forces with Premera Blue Cross to provide free, life-saving hands-only CPR training.

The event took place on the Edmonds Community College campus, where Red Cross volunteers received a helping hand from several enthusiastic student volunteers. Continue reading

New Partnership Grows from Ashes

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By: Anna Hiatt

Edited by: Nancy Waddell

 

On December 31, 2015, a catastrophic apartment fire broke out in South Everett in an older, World War II era building. One person died and 15 were injured, but many more were left in need of help.

The Red Cross responded to the Casino Road fire, but so did another organization called Hand in Hand. Their mission is to help children in the foster care system and low-income families in the greater Snohomish County region. Since that night, the Red Cross and Hand in Hand have maintained contact and continued to partner on efforts to support the local community. Continue reading